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Category Romance Review: Love Unspoken by Carole Mortimer

Love Unspoken, Carole Mortimer, Harlequin, 1983, Ray Olivere cover art

Harlequin Presents #636

“You’ve forgotten how to be a woman!”

LOVE UNSPOKEN

4 1/2 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

*** Spoiler alert ***

It must be the change of seasons. Something in the air, because I can’t explain it, I really liked this one—almost loved it, actually, until the end. Carole Mortimer’s Love Unspoken is one of those infamously controversial Harlequin Presents where readers can’t stop talking about it, even though it’s not necessarily well-loved.

The Set Up

The book begins with the heroine, Julie, a jet-setting journalist, having been just released by terrorists who held her and her fellow flight-mates hostage. She’s a little bruised and reeling when her boyfriend, Steve, shows up with concern. Julie and Steve have been dating for six months—by her own admission, some of the happiest she’s ever spent—but Julie, a mature gal in her mid-twenties just can’t make the jump from heavy petting to sex.

She likes keeping Steve on a firm leash, while he pants for more from her, but she’s not giving him any biscuits! Steve knows Julie was involved with the Zack Reedman in the past, in fact, had a year-long affair with him, so could it be old feelings for him that hold her back?... Read more “Category Romance Review: Love Unspoken by Carole Mortimer”

Historical Book Review: Divided Heart by Angelica Aimes

Divided Heart, Angelica Aimes, Pinnacle, 1983, Norm Eastman cover art
Divided Heart, Angelica Aimes, Pinnacle, 1983, Norm Eastman cover art

2 1/2 stars

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

A Pinnacle Books Bodice Ripper

Divided Heart by Angelica Aimes is a typical bodice ripper like the many that glutted the market in the 70s and early 80s. The heroine goes through so many horrific tragedies–attempted rape, starvation, war, death of loved ones, betrayal, disease, imprisonment, beatings, and whippings–that would make the average woman end up looking like a “faces-of-meth” poster.

However, no matter how battered and bruised, how emaciated, how lice-infested her hair, how filthy, and unwashed she is, there’s always a man who desires her, for she is the most beautiful woman in the world: Augusta Raleigh, she of the emerald eyes and raven curls.

The Plot

On July 4, 1774, Augusta seals her fate when she meets Captain David Glenville of the British army. The story starts out promisingly, as it’s lust at first sight for the Redcoat officer and the Patriot girl. Then a harsh reality hits: the writing is terrible! Phrases are redundantly repeated, followed by contradictory thoughts in the same sentence. Sometimes conversations are summarized, other times, there’s nothing but dialogue, and you can’t tell what’s going on as scenes blend into one another.... Read more “Historical Book Review: Divided Heart by Angelica Aimes”

Historical Romance: Passion’s Proud Captive by Melissa Hepburne

Passion’s Proud Captive, Melissa Hepburne, Pinnacle, 1999, cover artist unknown

4 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Warning: Not for the Easily Offended

Passion’s Proud Captive by Melissa Hepburne is not a book for modern readers, but it’s tailor-made to suit my tastes.

As far as “romance novels” go, I am stuck in a time warp. This 50-year old genre has more variety now than ever… I find modern romances lacking. I’ll read a keeper on a rare occasion, but they just don’t do it for me for the most part. I know they’re well-written, insightful, witty, with mature sexuality. It’s simply that most of them bore me. I’m a troglodyte, ok! I like cheese! Spare me your Ivy-league educated authors with professional doctorates who create such works of literature like Seven Scandalous Secrets to Seduce a Man-Slut–oops–Scoundrel. Give me those 21-year-old-housewives, those retired grandmothers, those crazy cat ladies! Now they knew how to write the crap I like… Crap like Passion’s Proud Captive.

If ever you’ve wondered if a book was so trashy, so poorly written yet so awfully enjoyable that it could be considered to romance novels what Manos the Hands of Fate or The Room is to movies, look no further than Passion’s Proud Captive or Miss Jennifer van der Lin’s Ribald Tales of Rapetastic Adventures in White Slavery featuring ugly, greasy men and a few good-looking ones, too.... Read more “Historical Romance: Passion’s Proud Captive by Melissa Hepburne”